These bars are made with nutritious ingredients, including dates, oats, walnuts, cherries and chia seeds. Top them with your favorite ice cream for a delicious summer snack or dessert.

Cherry Chia Jam Crumble Bars [Vegan]

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For the Cherry Chia Jam:

  • 3 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Crumble:

  • 1 cup walnuts, raw
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or water)


  1. Prepare the cherry chia jam: In a medium saucepan, bring the water and cherries to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Mash the cherries (you can leave a few pieces). Reduce heat to low-medium. Stir in the chia seeds and vanilla and let simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes or until the juices have been absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9×9 inch glass dish with vegan butter. Set aside.
  4. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet. Toast the walnuts for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden and fragrant.
  5. Remove from the oven and increase to 350°F.
  6. Add the toasted walnuts, dates, 2 cups of oats, melted vegan butter, maple (or water), vanilla and salt to a food processor and process until combined. The mixture should easily stick together when pressed. If it remains too crumbly, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time until it sticks together. Add the remaining 1 cup of oats and process for a few seconds.
  7. Press the crumble mixture at the bottom of the greased dish, leaving 1 1/2 cups for topping. Spread the cherry chia jam evenly, then top with the remaining crumble mixture.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, uncovered at 350°F. Let it cool completely before cutting. The bars will be delicate when warm. Serve the bars with your favorite ice cream.


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